NAMM Announces Milestone, Believe in Music and Oral History Service Award Winners

January 28, 2018

Yesterday at The 2018 NAMM Show, 33 NAMM member companies were honored with the NAMM Milestone Award. The award, presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, recognizes music businesses that have flourished through changing business environments to reach a noteworthy anniversary.

Of the awardees, Lamond said: “On behalf of all NAMM members, it is truly an honor to recognize these individuals and businesses for their service to both the music products industry and to their community. Each has demonstrated the perseverance and passion to stand the test of time, inspire countless others and create a more musical world for the benefit of all.”

Milestone awardees included The Clarke Tinwhistle Co. of the U.K., at 175 years in business; the Estonia Piano Factory at 150 years; and Vicks Litho, Izzo Instrumentos Muciais, and Time Products Company at 100 years. A complete list of all Milestone honorees is included below.

Two other awards were also presented to honor the contributions of industry members: The Believe in Music Award is given to recognize the dedication of individuals and businesses which demonstrate a commitment to music and music making. The award recognized Antonio Monzino (Antonio Monzino & Figli); Hershel Green (iconic piano salesman); Jim Rupp (Columbus Pro Percussion); Joe Mullens (Performance Music Center); Rick Young (for his contributions to the Music Achievement Council); Robert Hale (Museum of Making Music Volunteer); Rob Walker (Australian Music Association); and Whitney Brown Grisaffi (Ted Brown Music). The Oral History Service Award, which annually recognizes one individual who has contributed greatly in assisting NAMM with preserving the industry’s history was presented to Bernie Capicchiano (Bernie’s Music Land) who was instrumental in organizing more than 50 interviews with industry luminaries in 2017 alone.

Congratulations to the following Milestone Award recipients:

175 Years

The Clarke Tinwhistle Co., Ltd.


150 Years

Estonia Piano Factory


100 Years

Vicks Litho

Izzo Instrumentos Musicais Ltda

Timber Products Company


75 Years

Mangetic Components, Inc.

C.L. Pugh & Associates, Inc.

Richlite Company


50 Years

A & G Central Music

Benedetto Guitars, Inc.

City Music Co. Pte Ltd

Clear-Com, an HME Company

Cliff Cooper & Orange Amplification

Community Professional Loudspeakers

Cosmo Music

Denis Wick Products Ltd.

Don Banks Music

Don's Music Land

Drome Sound

Ferrotec Corporation


Hanmi Piano

Keynote Music Houses of Papua New Guinea

MWS Wire Industries

The Music Emporium

N Stuff Music

Ottawa Pianos

Raimundo Guitars

Riverton Music

Sparks Music

South Shore Music


Willcutt Guitars


About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.